The charity regatta takes place in Worcester and requires crews to race 200m upstream against other teams. EIC’s team, “E. I at C” took part for the first time, alongside 25 other crews.
The competition started with two time trial races in order to seed the competitors into two categories, the plate and the cup.
The 14 strong crew of E. I at C lined up for their first preliminary race against Pitmaston Paddlers and Severn Nation Army. After a rocky start, the crew paddled hard to place second with a time of 1 minutes 13 seconds.
In the second preliminary round the crew raced against Oars of Spontex which was a mighty battle with the team losing by 0.6 of a second. The E.I at C time was a fantastic 1 minute 9 seconds – 4 seconds faster than their first race!
Next came a tense wait to find out where the crew had seeded. Shock and disbelief followed as the team were told they were in the top 15 and now in contention for the cup.
In the final two races, E. I at C took on more crews but despite their determination failed to better their times, finishing the course at an average of 1 minute 15 seconds.
The Worcester Dragons rallied their members to confirm the final scoring and the presentation began. The EIC crew were thrilled to be presented with a cup and placed 15th in the competition.
Thanks to the Worcester Dragon Boat Racing Club for hosting such a fabulous event and to all the crews competing. A special thank you for the EIC colleagues racing as E I at C, for taking part.
The EIC crew were raising awareness and funds for their chosen charity of the quarter, St Richard’s Hospice. Based in Worcester, the hospice cares for adults with a serious progressive illness, improving their quality of life from diagnosis, during treatment and to their last days. The hospice also provides incredible support to their loved ones. EIC chose this charity after it was nominated by a colleague who experienced the care and support first hand.
If you would like to donate to this wonderful charity, you can do so here.